Manhattan Clam Chowder (or Never Vacation with Ugly Tomatoes)

Sitting on your counter top, that is.  What did you think I meant? ugly-tomatoes

Right now I am in the process of getting ready for a mini-vacation to New York City.  In honor of this (okay really due to tomato overload) I have made Manhattan Clam Chowder, the other clam chowder, which actually did finish off all my ugly tomatoes.   Chowder-VerticalWhen most people think of Clam Chowder they picture the more famous cousin, New England Clam Chowder with its smooth creamy base.  Manhattan, however, wins when it comes to health value, swimming in tomatoes rather than cream.  And while Clam Chowder isn’t usually considered a fall dish, it also brings together other seasonal ingredients, like carrots and potatoes. 

A bite of Manhattan Clam Chowder

A bite of Manhattan Clam Chowder

It will be fun to see NYC in fall. I had never been there at all before this August and had a great (short) visit then.  But my husband ended up with another NYC business trip, Grandma offered to babysit (since school is now in session) and another mom will drive to children’s choir.  Check, check, check.

Chopping tomatoes for Manhattan Clam Chowder

Chopping tomatoes for Manhattan Clam Chowder

Of course this trip is happening in the busiest time of the local foodie year–and the counter is full of tomatoes (and peaches, and…).  To make matters worse, some of the tomatoes were scarred, deformed or otherwise seriously ugly, (as in… anyone living in there???).  I always feel safer canning or dehydrating only the tomatoes that look really healthy.   Manhattan Clam Chowder to the rescue.

Tomato with hole

Knock, knock, anyone home?

This recipe came from the Milwaukee Journal ages ago.  I swapped out fresh tomatoes for the canned in the original and then made a few adjustments to boost the flavor. Most recipes (though not the Journal version) include some bacon but I’m not doing anything that takes extra cooking time.  Gotta clean the house for Grandma!   In the end an easy, satisfying fall soup.   

But I still have one question for my readers.  I expect to have more less than perfect tomatoes when I return.  Do you have favorite recipes?  

Manhattan Clam Chowder
Serves 4
Bet you never thought of Manhattan Clam Chowder as a fall soup, With fresh tomatoes, carrots and potatoes, perhaps you should!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
198 calories
26 g
27 g
2 g
14 g
1 g
315 g
80 g
11 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198
Calories from Fat 19
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 27mg
Sodium 80mg
Total Carbohydrates 26g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 11g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. • 1 T butter
  2. • 1 onion, diced
  3. • 1 c diced potato
  4. • 1/2 c diced carrot
  5. • 2 c chopped fresh tomatoes (or a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes)
  6. • 1/2 c dry white wine (or broth)--more or less depending on juiciness of tomatoes
  7. • 4 T (1/4 c) tomato paste
  8. • 1 t dried thyme or 1 T fresh
  9. • 1 t dried parsley or 1 T fresh
  10. • 1/4 t curry powder
  11. • 2 6.5 oz cans of clams, including juice
  1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add all ingredients except clams. Cook until vegetables are tender, breaking up any large tomato chunks.
  2. Add clams and their juice. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Serve hot.
  1. If you like dry sherry in soups, consider adding it to this as you serve it...
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15 thoughts on “Manhattan Clam Chowder (or Never Vacation with Ugly Tomatoes)

  1. Kathy

    Hey, we have some ugly tomatoes sitting on our counter right now. They may just have to make some Manhattan Clam chowder. Hey, will you say hi to my daughter if you run into her in NYC?

    1. Inger Post author

      Does she live there Kathy? I always feel if your kids move away, the least they can do is live somewhere interesting to visit!

      1. Kathy

        Yes, she does, Inger, but maybe not for long. She’s lived there for maybe 3-5 years, and now wants to move somewhere out-of-the-city. I have so enjoyed visiting her there, and our son in San Diego.

  2. Beth

    Lucky you to get back to NYC so soon! Have a wonderful time – and post more photos!

    By the way, the tomatoes may have been ugly but the soup looks amazing. Hope you all enjoyed it.

  3. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    Have fun in New York!! I always wonder the same thing about the tomatoes with I have to cut them up to make sure no one is home lol. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as manhattan clam chowder or that it had a tomato base (even though I lived in NY for three years!!) so I’ll have to try this with all the extra tomatoes in my garden.

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